Design Your Optimal Fasting Approach with Dr. Mindy Pelz




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Dr. Mindy Pelz explains how to harness the power of your body’s natural design through intentional, flexible fasting that works with your hormones and lifestyle.

In this episode, renowned holistic health and fasting expert, Dr. Mindy Pelz teaches us why fasting can and should be considered routine maintenance on our bodies, like a teeth cleaning or a trip to the OBGYN. 

We talk about the science behind fasting for women and how to incorporate healthy fasting strategies at every stage of your life. But it’s not all about what we don’t eat; we also unpack why the body thrives on the right foods at the right times and offer tips on improving metabolic flexibility in sync with your hormonal health. 

We discuss some advanced fasting techniques, and encourage you to consult your doctor if you want to begin incorporating extended fasts for autophagy. 

Show Notes:

  • Fasting can be healing to the body and brain when done in a proper context, but there are specific considerations that women need to take due to the careful balance of female hormones

  • Before attempting a long fast, practice building up longer fasts over time, you need to train for the longer fasts that tap into autophagy

  • We can burn energy as “sugar burners” or “fat burners” and fat burning happens when the body switches fuel sources over, and fasting is how you get your body to switch over

  • Longer fasting periods (24 to 36 hours) can be incorporated carefully, but should be approached as a more medical “cell cleaning” versus any type of weight loss approach

  • We need to be sure we eat enough during our feeding hours, as intermittent fasting is not about calorie restriction and hormones are sensitive to caloric restriction

  • It’s important to eat a lot during feeding times, and leaning into healthy fats, proteins, and “nature’s carbs” instead of processed carbs

  • For females, fasting isn’t ideal right after ovulation, and it’s ideal to cycle fasting periods in around your cycle to support hormone balance

  • Breastfeeding mothers, pregnant women, and people who are recovering from or experiencing disordered eating should not engage in fasting

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